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Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel (Inspector Banks series Book 21) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Robinson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

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Multiple award-winning, New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Peter Robinson returns with Children of the Revolution, a superb tale of mystery and murder that takes acclaimed British Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks back to the early 1970s—a turbulent time of politics, change, and radical student activism.

The body of a disgraced college lecturer is found on an abandoned railway line. In the four years since his dismissal for sexual misconduct, he’d been living like a hermit. So where did he get the 5,000 pounds found in his pocket?

Leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks begins to suspect that the victim's past may be connected to his death. Forty years ago the dead man attended a university that was a hotbed of militant protest and divisive, bitter politics. And as the seasoned detective well knows, some grudges are never forgotten—or forgiven.

Just as he’s about to break the case open, his superior warns him to back off. Yet Banks isn’t about to stop, even if it means risking his career. He's certain there’s more to the mystery than meets the eye . . . and more skeletons to uncover before the case can finally be closed.

Editorial Reviews

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*Starred Review* Robinson’s long-running and best-selling Inspector Banks series, now spanning more than 20 novels, has won a clutch of awards, including France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Sweden’s Martin Beck awards, along with nominations for Edgar and Agatha awards. Detective Chief Inspector Banks, the artsy and melancholic Yorkshire detective, and his snarky sidekick, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot, are consistently fun to watch, whether you just drop in on this series or have seen the shifts in their relationship from the beginning. Robinson writes police procedurals in which the latest forensic science enhances, while still taking a back seat to, the basic arts of detection; Banks is clearly on the side of old-fashioned discovery of motive and opportunity, and his questioning of suspects is wonderful to witness. This time the body of a former university lecturer is found on the tracks of an abandoned railroad track in North Yorkshire. The man has been living hand to mouth since his dismissal on charges of sexual misconduct several years before. The scene reads as a suicide, except to Banks, who suspects that the 5,000 pounds left in the man’s pocket and his recent reaching out to militant college contacts from the 1970s may point to a more complicated story. As usual with a Banks novel, the chief inspector’s frictions with higher-ups are nearly as gripping as the unraveling of the case itself. First-rate procedural and character study. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: An A-list staple, Robinson’s Inspector Banks series has a devoted following, especially in libraries, and this is one of the series’ highlights. --Connie Fletcher


“Absorbing...Robinson excels at connecting his detectives’ personal stories to the investigation, endowing familiar characters with fresh nuance and depth. Impeccable pacing fleshes out Miller’s tragic life and unravels the killer’s motive.” (Publishers Weekly on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION)

Praise for Peter Robinson and the Detective Banks series: “Robinson rolls out a police procedural with exquisite precision.” (USA Today)

“Ambitious…Robinson shows a keen awareness of the global reach of crime.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Superb mystery series...outstanding.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Smoothly blends careful police work and astute psychological observations.” (Publishers Weekly)

“It’s easy to relate to and root for Banks.” (New York Post)

“Haunting stand-alone from Arthus Ellis Award-winner Robinson.” (Publishers Weekly on Before the Poison)

“Consistently fun...[A] first-rate procedural and character study..” (Booklist (starred review) on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION)

“[Childred of the Revolution is] well-plotted and satisfying right to the end....Robinson has won many awards for his Detective Banks novels, and with this latest, he demonstrates his mastery of the craft.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION)

“Excellent.” (Library Journal on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION)

“Banks is a fully rounded character - smart, dogged and not above defying his superiors. The supporting cast is equally strong, including the wonderfully named Detective Sergeant Winsome Jackman and Lady Veronica Chalmers, an aristocrat whose radical activities during her university years link her to the dead man.” (Seattle Times on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION)

“Meticulously detailed...This is a fine, twisty, surprising tale.” (Providence Journal on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION)

“Robinson again succeeds in creating a satifyingly confounding mystery and increasing the already formidable depth of his superb ensemble cast.” (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION)

Product Details

  • File Size: 986 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DB36DG8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dragged on January 20, 2014
By Jaykay
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I've always enjoyed Peter Robinson's books but this is not one of his best. I thought the plot was average and it just seemed to drag on. I'm also finding it irritating that now Banks is older he is suddenly a "chick magnet" and in the last few books seems to be ending up with a beautiful woman. The other thing I found irritating was just how many lunches and bottles of wine and whisky have found their way into this book. I don't really want to know what they had for lunch and what wine accompanied it. Just stick to a decent plot.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Children of the Revolution September 27, 2013
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Having read all of the Inspector Banks books, I found this one to be dreary and dull, meandering around the potential murder suspects providing little interest for the reader.

The plot took too long to get where it was going and when it did get there, it was a case of "yawn, ho hum".

Predictable, and boring, and to top it off, at the end of the story, we found the aging DCI Banks about to enter a relationship with a young beautiful girl who initiated it - not at all believable.

All in all, this is the Inspector Banks yarn I have least enjoyed.

Not enough believable interaction between the characters, eg Banks, Cabbot, Gervaise, Winsome I found to be a flaw in the book also.

But look forward to the next one!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable but not among the best August 20, 2013
By Harley
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I stuggled a little to get into this one although in the end I have enjoyed it and awarded it 4 stars. It felt slow moving and the link to the past tenuous. The murder of Gavin Miller seemed unexciting somehow. Someone throws him off a bridge and the only real oddity is the 5 thousand in cash in his pocket. Gavin is a rather pathetic figure. Fired from his job as a lecturer, he has been living an isolated and lonely life on the breadline. The investigation winds on and the result is to a large extent predictable. I enjoyed meeting Banks again. Annie plays only a minor role. I feel pehaps my rating of this book might have been lower save for my fondness for this series.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old friends December 21, 2013
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Robinson's police procedurals always maintain interest. It was nice to meet old friends DCI Banks and Annie Cabot again. However, It looks like DCI Banks is becoming a little old and tired. The book lacked the vim and verve of most of the earlier novels in the series. A book for the older generation who can remember many of the past events to which DCI Banks alludes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One of Peter Robinson's least interesting books April 21, 2014
By lmgl
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Short on suspense and long on rhetoric, this book is very dull. I am a fan of Robinson's novels but he must have been half asleep when he wrote Children of the Revolution. Thumbs down for effort and creativity.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anarchic past intrudes upon present September 18, 2013
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This most recent and terrific installment in the Inspector Banks series begins when the body of a disgraced academic is found beneath a bridge in a remote area outside Eastvale. Found with five thousand pounds in his pocket and significant pre-mortem injuries, it becomes clear this isn't a suicide - but who would want to kill this emaciated, alcoholic and sad individual? Once Banks and his team begin to delve into the man's past and the anarchy decades of last century, they discover that not only does he have skeletons in his closet but that some of these are shared with significant individuals who would do anything to ensure that what the academic knows is never shared. So begins a case that tests Banks, Annie, Winsome and the newest team member, to the limits of their skills and professionalism.

Never one to mind allowing the lines between the professional and personal to cross (but without ever sacrificing his duty), Banks finds this case testing in all sorts of ways. What I love about the way Robinson has allowed Banks' character to develop is regular readers know and appreciate the ethics and values which govern Banks' every decision. This is a man who believes in justice and will see it served, even if it means breaking the rules, but without diverting from his moral compass. In this novel, Banks's subordinates, particularly Winsome, demonstrates her talents, compassion and growth as a detective. We see how influential Banks has been as a mentor and role model for his team and how the faith he puts in others is usually always rewarded. At the same time, we see Annie struggling with the injuries - physical and psychological - that she sustained on a previous case. If there is one niggle about this novel, there is a sense in which Annie's story is shunted to one side a little.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum April 5, 2014
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I guess I am finally realizing that Inspector Banks is a very boring man. The sum total of this book seemed to be Banks going home and listening to his beloved music. Lets just say there was nothing revolutionary in the plot line or the characters. Although I have read all of them, this is my last Inspector Banks book. If you have never read any, don't start with this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Highly disappointing April 23, 2014
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Being a fan of Robinson's and the DCI Banks series, I found this novel extremely disappointing. The plot was extremely convoluted and, in the final analysis, it did not make sense.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful read, hard to put down.
Published 4 days ago by Yvonne Blanco
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite but a decent read.
This is a twisted tale which didn't resonate with me. It felt rather contrived but is well-written. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Claire Lamberth
3.0 out of 5 stars Passable
Many authors seem to loose steam when they get older and depend on long, boring dialogue to forward the plot. Or internal thought processes, instead of action. Read more
Published 11 days ago by J.A. Baang
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
op to normal standard
Published 12 days ago by jerry holcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Banks at his Best
This is a great book
It came quickly
well wrapped
Published 13 days ago by Georgiana Sutherlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good novel.
This is a series I have followed from the beginning. I have enjoyed all the books, some more than others, but to follow and stay true to a good series, one must read them all.
Published 28 days ago by Memi12023
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Timely Inspector Banks novel. Author Robinson weaves a good story that makes you want to read more. Thanks.
Published 1 month ago by SAYMORE
3.0 out of 5 stars Banks isn't aging well
Having read all the Inspector Banks stories, this was a disappointment. Thin plot, one-dimensional characters, and having to hang out every night with an aging detective who spends... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bigreader
3.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
Contemporary police procedural set in Yorkshire, England featuring DCI Alan Banks, music and wine aficionado. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Prairie Bear
3.0 out of 5 stars Yawn
Just finished the book, I only had about one chapter left to read and put the book down to go to sleep, that should tell you how riveting the book was, I found myself getting... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Avid Reader
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Peter Robinson's award-winning novels have been named a Best-Book-of-the-Year by Publishers Weekly, a Notable Book by the New York Times, and a Page-Turner-of-the-Week by People magazine. Robinson was born and raised in Yorkshire but has lived in North America for over twenty-five years. He now divides his time between North America and the U.K.

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